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Inside Xiaomi’s everything store

Have you ever walked into a store, saw the products on display and thought you entered the wrong place? That’s what happened when I visited Xiaomi’s store at The Place in Beijing…. until it dawned on me: I was exactly where I meant to go. Sports shoes, toothbrushes, and mattresses are not the kind of […]

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Why QR codes trump NFC in China

Editor’s note: This was contributed by Tianyu M. Fang, a Boston-based freelance writer on Chinese tech and culture, and an independent researcher on US-China relations. Previously, he lived in Beijing, where he worked closely with China’s tech startup community.  Among the ten customers lining up inside a Starbucks store in Beijing, I seemed to be the only […]

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China’s tech firms are adapting to an increasingly IP sensitive environment

Over the past few decades, China has been perceived as a land of copycats where local firms duplicate proven technologies and business models from the West without giving due credit. Counterfeit apparel, blatant technology infringements and pirated movies are still stereotypical portrayals of  the state of intellectual property (IP) protection dynamics in the Middle Kingdom. […]

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China is a unique market and this startup is helping foreign hardware makers to crack it

China is arguably the world’s largest manufacturing center for smart devices thanks to the quick rise of hardware hubs like Shenzhen. Groups of foreign entrepreneurs come to the country in search of more affordable parts, efficient manufacturers, cheap labor, crowdsourcing, and the vibrant startup community. But even though their products are manufactured here, it is […]

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